Building your own PC –What to Consider

We all have very different needs and uses for our PC’s. If you feel like you never can quite find that ‘perfect’ machine, the only way to guarantee a truly adaptable, upgradable and customisable PC is to build it yourself. When executed well, building your own PC can be hugely satisfying and rewarding. A bad experience could have you stomping off to your cave to look for some charcoal and paperbark.

Here are some key considerations to help you succeed in building your own PC.

Shopping for PC parts
Give careful thought to exactly what you want your PC to do and take your time finding the parts. There are a plethora of websites dedicated to selling new and used computer parts, many of which will shop around for you and suggest suppliers where you’ll find the best price.  Be sure to read product descriptions carefully and try to choose suppliers with good ratings.

Used Computers

Building your own Computer – Common Mistakes
Even the most seasoned techy can fall victim to some of these frustrating hiccups.

1. When researching your parts, make sure they are compatible with each other prior to purchase.

2. Keep in mind the capabilities of the power supply. Your machine might have the most powerful engine on Earth; but without the juice to power it, you’re up CPU Creek. Marry your power supply accordingly.

3. Double-check your measurements. You’ve picked out the case of your dreams only to find you need to leave out the motherboard to fit in your parts. Please make sure your case is one of the last things you purchase and only do so when you’re certain of your measurements.

Upgrading your PC
Always keep the future in mind. 8GB RAM might be plenty at the moment; but you may need to upgrade in future. Find a motherboard that has a minimum of 4 slots for RAM modules so you have the ability to add more RAM, if and when you need it.

PC Budget. Used Computer Parts
Self-built computers are not necessarily cheap computers. When deciding on your budget and specs, be aware of what you can pick up used for considerable savings. Cases, fans, CPU coolers and RAM are generally safe second hand computer items, as they don’t wear out from use as quickly as SSD’s, hard drive and GPUS.

The assembly process may seem daunting; but the true success or failure of your build is determined by your choice of parts long before the screwdriver is in hand. We hope you enjoy collecting the pieces of your dream PC and wind up with the computer that is just right for you.

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